Heterotopic Ossification: A Late Complication From a Chemical Burn

Eric Clayman, MS; Bahar Abbassi, MD; Anthony W. Watt, MD; Wyatt G. Payne, MD


ePlasty. 2018;18(ic3) 

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A 70-year-old man with a history of napalm burn to the posterior torso that he sustained while serving in the military during the Vietnam War presented with a firm mass on his right flank. Three years prior to this presentation, he developed a similar lesion on his left flank that was excised, with pathology confirming a diagnosis of heterotopic ossification (HO).

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